Ari Berman - Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
What is a democracy without voters? The 1965 Voting Rights Act should have been a given; instead, it was a long struggle. One that is not over yet. Berman, a correspondent for The Nation, a frequent commentator on NPR and MSNBC, and the author of Herding Donkeys, shows that what looked like the grand achievement of the civil rights era has lost ground in the subsequent fifty years, embattled by gerrymandering, purging of voter rolls—notably in Florida in 2000—voter ID rules, and a Supreme Court decision declaring part of the law unconstitutional.
Berman will be in conversation with Hendrik Hertzberg, staff writer at The New Yorker and editorial director of The Nation Institute.